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The Best Of Russia, Baltic States & Warsaw 14 days / 13 nights

 

Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow – St Petersburg – Narva – Tallinn – Riga – Vilnius – Warsaw


Includes

• Airport transfers at start & end of tour

• 13 nights in 4* & 5* hotels

• Breakfast daily, 2 lunches & 7 dinners (B, L, D)

• A/C motor coach

• Tour Director – English speaking

• Standard class high speed train from Moscow to St Petersburg

• Service charges & hotel taxes

• Luggage handling


Sightseeing

• Moscow

• St Petersburg          

• Tallinn

• Riga             

• Vilnius

• Warsaw


Accommodation (or similar)

Moscow – Hotel Marriott Grand (5*)

St Petersburg – Crowne Plaza Ligovsky (4*)

Tallinn – Hotel Meriton Grand (4*)

Riga – Hotel Radisson Blu (4*)

Vilnius – Hotel Radisson Blu Astorija (5*)

Warsaw – Radisson Blu Centrum (5*)


TOUR ITINERARY


Day 1, Friday:  Moscow

Upon arrival, you will be met at the airport and transferred to your hotel. The rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight gather with your travelling companions and Tour Director for a Welcome dinner. (D)

 

Day 2, Saturday:  Moscow

Moscow, one of the largest cities in the world, is the symbolic heart and soul of the country. Your sightseeing tour begins at Red Square, dominated by colourful St Basil’s Cathedral and the massive red walls of the Kremlin. After a visit to the Armory Museum, see Moscow University, then drive along the wide boulevards and stroll through GUM, Russia’s largest department store. You’ll pass the baroque Novodevichy convent and end the tour at the Arbat shopping district. The rest of the day is free. (B)

 

Day 3, Sunday:  Moscow – Sergiev Posad – Moscow

Today we travel 75 km North of Moscow, to a small town of Sergiev Posad – founded in the 14th century and renowned as a centre of ancient Russian art and architecture. For centuries it served as a place of pilgrimage and the religious capital of Russia. Within the old walled city admire the fairy-tale golden and blue domes of the Holy Trinity St Segius Lavra, one of the most beautiful of all monasteries. After lunch at a popular restaurant, return to Moscow, the rest of the day at leisure. This evening take an optional tour Moscow by night & subway, to see the metro stations which Stalin called “Palaces for the People”. (B, L)

 

Day 4, Monday:  Moscow – St Petersburg

Time at leisure in Moscow, before transfer to railway station for our four hours high speed Sapsan train ride to St Petersburg. Upon arrival at the St Petersburg train station, transfer to your hotel. Dinner at hotel. (B, D)

 

Day 5, Tuesday:  St Petersburg

There aren’t many cities in the world that can match the grace and grandeur of St Petersburg. Founded in 1703 by Peter the Great, the city is spread over 100 islands and linked by over 600 bridges. It is often called the “Venice of the North.” Today we’ll visit Palace Square with the Winter Palace, Senate Square with the monuments to Russian Emperor Peter the Great, St Isaac’s Square with St Isaac’s Cathedral, Smolny Cathedral, Cruiser Aurora, Field of Mars, and Nevsky Prospect. Visit the Peter and Paul Fortress, built in 1703 on a small island and meant to protect the city from enemy attacks. Visit Peter and Paul Cathedral, which towers in the centre of the fortress served as the burial place for Russian Emperors from Peter I. Your evening is free or join an optional Russian Folklore evening or Evening Canal Cruise. (B)

 

Day 6, Wednesday:  St Petersburg

This morning you’ll make a highlight visit to the world-famous Hermitage, housing more than four million works of art. It ranks among one of the largest and oldest museums of the world, founded in 1764 by Catherine the Great. Admire the world-famous masterpieces by Leonardo da Vinci, Rafael, Titian, Rembrandt, El Greco, Velasquez, Rubens, Van Dyck, Goya, and French Impressionists. The Hermitage occupies five buildings, the largest is the Winter Palace, the former residence of Russian Emperors. Spend the rest of the day at leisure exploring the city on your own or perhaps you may choose to take an optional tour to visit Catherine Palace & Park in Pushkin or to Petrodvorets, Peterhof Summer Palace of Peter the Great. Tonight, enjoy dinner.  (B, D)

 

Day 7, Thursday:  St Petersburg – Narva – Tallinn

Travelling to Estonia, your first stop is in Narva, near the border with Russia. Continue to Tallinn, Estonia’s capital, set on the southern coast of the Gulf of Finland. (B, D)

 

Day 8, Friday:  Tallinn – Riga

On a walking tour of Tallin’s Upper and Lower Old Town visit the Alexander Nevsky Cathedral. Next, visit Toompea Castle and see the 14th century gothic Town Hall. Later, travel to Riga, the capital of Latvia. (B, D)

 

Day 9, Saturday:  Riga

See Riga Castle on the banks of the Daugava River, the magnificent Dome Cathedral, St Jacobs Cathedral, St Pete’s Church, the Parliament building, Liberty Monument, and the district of Art Nouveau houses on a morning sightseeing tour. The rest of the day is free to explore more, shop, or maybe sample Latvian crepes. (B)

 
Day 10, Sunday:  Riga – Vilnius

Depart this morning for Vilnius, the capital of Lithuania. The balance of the day is at leisure to begin exploring the city with its interesting architecture, do some shopping, or go for a walk through the city. (B, D)

 

Day 11, Monday:  Vilnius

Vilnius is located on the confluence of the Neris and Velnele Rivers. In Old Vilnius, visit baroque St. Peter and St. Paul’s Church and striking St Anne’s Church. View Vilnius University, dating back to 1570, famous. Gediminas’ Tower in the Upper Town, and Vilnius Castle. The afternoon is free to continue exploring, or you may want to join an optional excursion to the peaceful town of Trakai, beautifully set on three lakes. (B)

 

Day 12, Tuesday:  Vilnius – Warsaw

Drive across the landscapes of Lithuania on your way to the border with Poland. Then take in the Polish countryside, cities, and towns as you head to Warsaw, arriving at the day’s end. (B, L, D)

 

Day 13, Wednesday:  Warsaw

The 700-year-old capital of Poland has been called the “Phoenix City” because it rose again after being destroyed during World War II. A tour here starts with a drive along the majestic Royal Route from Castle Square to Lazienki Park and Palace, the summer residence of the last king of Poland. Then on to see the Palace of Science and Culture (known as a “wedding cake”), the Saxon Gardens, Tomb of the Unknown Soldier, Monument to the Heroes of the Warsaw Ghetto, and the Barbican. Finally, on a walking tour, see the Old Town, Old Market Square, and St John’s Cathedral. The rest of the day is free to meander through a park, shop, relax, or perhaps attend an optional late afternoon Chopin concert. (B)

 

Day 14, Thursday:  Warsaw

After breakfast, you will be transferred to the airport for your departure flight. (B)


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